tv G20 Summit Closing News Conference with Russian President Putin CSPAN July 8, 2017 1:32pm-1:53pm EDT
and the united states of america. thank you very much. >> russian president vladimir putin denied russian involvement in the u.s. elections, saying he and president trump discussed the issue and that he think's president trump was satisfied with his answers. this 20 minute portion starts with a question about russia's relations with ukraine. >> do you think that russia and ukraine will continue to drift apart? and, if you look at the representativehe who's been nominated, what do you think of that? the interest of russia and
ukraine mother russians and the ukrainian people, i'm absolutely convinced of that. our interests fully coincide. perhaps today's leadership of withne doesn't converge ours and certain ruling circles. if you look situation, beastly, ms. lee russia and ukraine are interested in cooperation -- if you look at the situation, , russia and ukraine are interested in cooperation. from's a huge legacy soviet times. unifiedion, a infrastructure come energy system, transport system. unfortunately, our present look ton colleagues
step aside from that. there's one commodity that is really successful at the moment -- russiaphobia. they are treating in dividing russia from ukraine. think that like to convergingsider that of russia and ukraine should never happen. there is an active and unsuccessful trade in the quantity of russiaphobia at the moment. we have to concentrate on making sure the situations come to a halt as soon as possible as far as participation of the u.s. we did talk about that with president trump. he talked about the measures in
hand and the nomination of this special representative who will be working on a continued basis comeukraine and everybody all of us who have an interest in putting an end to it. >> i have a question on the middle east. which is in turmoil at the moment, whether we are talking about syria or some other you had discussions about syria. after these discussions, how do you see political settlement? do you think a more constructive attitude will be adopted by the president and administration of the u.s. or not? how do you assess the situation
with thassad? was it discussed at the g 20? terrorismquestion of from it was rather difficult for you to come to an agreement at i don't think anyone had any kind of objections. agreed. was of dedication, we didn't have any disagreement about it. realizes,everybody this is a common threat and we have to combat it. as far as qatar is concerned, the question was not raised.
it is a rather acute one for the region. specifically with respect to the economy and energy sector. this question was not discussed certainly, we did discuss the situation in syria, whether or not the u.s. position has changed, i don't know. it has become more pragmatic. i don't think it has really changed, but there is an understanding. by pooling our resources, we should expect results. we did have the discussion on the southern zone yesterday. the de-escalation area. no one seems to respond to that. the wayseally one of
we obtain real results with president trump. jordan and a couple of other countries in the region were locked into that process. israel, too. we will be having consultations with them in the near future. this is a real specific result. if we think about other areas of de-escalation today -- for example, we talked in detail about this with the president of turkey. to some extent, doesn't really on the-- it depends clashes between various other countries in the region. everyone has their own preferences, their own interests. and legitimate interests as well.
we have to see them as legitimate interests and we have to look for compromise. sometimes, we manage it. written interactive combat the fact that we have de-escalation areas already. it's a huge step forward. now, we have to agree whether the specific confines of the region -- what the arrangement will be. it's important work. one of the examples of results we obtained recently, the andwill of iran and turkey assad and the syrian government -- we can achieve a lot with their goodwell.
-- with their goodwill. on thermed the document de-escalation area and the jordan zone. what the final objective is is territorial integrity for syria. area canure that this actually work with others around them and the official government in syria. if we manage that, this will be a good premise for settling political views. about've already talked the elections. -- german elections now
you're in germany. there are elections in september. is russia planning to intervene? did you tell angela merkel about that? >> this is a real provocative question. i already told you that we did in intervene in the u.s. so, why should we intervene in anyone else's business? germany is our very good neighbor, one of our major trading partners in the world as a whole. we have on our agenda major projects which we are supporting . there were no problems or disputes about it. there were contradictions and so on, but this is definitely obvious. it's in the interests of the economies of europe and the economy of germany.
we -- we've got enough to do without that. if you look at the german president, the french president, they are causally interfering in our domestic business. -- constantly interfering in our domestic business. you are going to ask a question together? >> thank you very much. i would like to ask you a a question about the meeting with mr. trump. you were already asked about that. >> you should ask him how he felt -- we did in intervene. -- we didn't intervene.
from the white house, we haven't gotten any information. when you said russia interfered in u.s. elections -- he asked this question. he was genuinely interested in a number of details. detail.ed him in , thereas i understand was a dialogue with the previous u.s. administration, with president obama, but i'm not going to review details of my conversations with obama. that's not part of presidential protocol. president trump asked me
questions and i answered and clarified and i think you was satisfied with my answers. -- he was satisfied with my answers. >> coming back to the acceleration of economic growth -- president clinton: a number of groups are already organized. , a number ofputin groups are already organized. we have come up with a plan which will be acceptable and the
right one. steps forke the next 2017. we have to look at all the proposals and then make a decision. we will come up with something not based on these proposals. maybe it will be based on them. but, we have to work on it. we have to explore the possibilities. obviously, the government has already done the work in this area. on the be relying government proposals. we cannot disregard the work the group has done.
they have come up with individual proposals. we are now working on what will be the final idea, the final option. make no mistake about it. that we would be doing wrong to anticipate the final outcome. it would be premature to publicize things yet. again, on domestic policy -- i know that you are familiar with -- are you going to inaugurate it and drive it? do you not want to actually drive this car? president putin: no, i didn't. the car is in ready. -- the car isn't ready. >> you have to drive at first
and then tell me how it is and i will check in. >> you've already talked about your meeting with erdogan. could you clarify whether the -- did youn area is and theut the kurds russian sense of the turkish media as they are talking about an invasion by the turkish army there? about theu think --ims made by the media that president putin: mr. tillerson
is a respectable individual. he is very friendly to russia, but he's not a syrian citizen. the future of syria and the decision assad, that should be made by the syrian citizens themselves. as far as the kurds are concerned, this is a very tricky question. you've got many different aspects. we are in contact with them. but, first of all, i would say that our american colleagues are ahead of us in that activity. they've done much more work with them than we have. our servicemen are in control of
-- anding the regime lots of regions in syria. the cease-fire arrangements are in place. as far as the other regions are concerned, we really don't know. really caring up functions which everyone is interested in -- carrying out functions which are one is interested in. -- everyone is interested in. we must work on creating the de-escalation areas , which will materialize. it cannot be done without the help of turkey.
>> what president trump said, he said the u.s. would be interested in exporting liquefied gas to europe. how do you assess that? that ist putin: i see very positive because it will help with competition, which will benefit everybody. we are in a competitive market. he was for open and honest competition. i fully supported that. if there is open and honest competition and it's not
orchestrated with cost ofl ploys -- the delivery of liquefied gas from the u.s. is more expensive than russian natural gas. we have no doubt that we have a competitive edge here. market must work. that is the concluding question. after your first meeting with trump, do you believe he will ofage to drag america out
this very difficult position of russian-american relations? president putin: i very much hope so. steps have already been made. thank you. now, here's more of president trump at the g 20 summit from today's "washington journal." this is about 30 minutes. er, president of the american foreign-policy council. he is here to discuss president summit.first g-20 thank you for joining us. remind our viewers what is the american foreign policy council. guest: we are a think tank that specializes in the former soviet union and the broad question of